New Student Induction
New Student Induction Ceremony
The New Student Induction Ceremony at Reinhardt University, a tradition in place since 2000, is truly the beginning of every incoming new student’s career as a student at this institution. Students, as well as faculty and staff, participate in this tradition every year.
New students sing the RU Alma Mater, learn about RU traditions, and will receive a personal welcome from the President of Reinhardt and other distinguished guests. These speakers give words of welcome, advice for a successful first year, and inspiration to Reinhardt University’s newest class. Those who attend will discover the meaning behind some of our traditional academic icons, will have an opportunity to sign the Reinhardt University Honor Pledge, most importantly, and will be inducted into the newest Reinhardt University class.
The New Student Induction Ceremony will take place during Welcome Week on Thursday, August 17, at 7:30 PM in the Falany Performing Arts Center. This official ceremony will welcome you as a member of the Class of 2027.
Students should arrive no later than 7:10 PM at the Falany Performing Arts Center and will be seated according to their FYS class.
Please note that this event is mandatory for students enrolled in the First-Year Seminar Course and as this is a formal ceremony, please dress appropriately. Ladies should wear dresses or suits and gentlemen should wear suits or sport-coats with a dress shirt, tie and dress shoes.
From the colorful processional of faculty, staff, and administrators to the eloquent words of advice from the keynote speaker, this ceremony promises to be a memorable and exciting start for Reinhardt University's newest undergraduate students.
After the New Student Ceremony, you will participate in two brand-new Reinhardt traditions: a Candlelight Procession and ringing the bells of the Bratton Carillon. You and the faculty will take part in the Candlelight Procession, carrying candles across the campus to Bratton Memorial Carillon, where you will have opportunity to ring the bells of the Bratton Carillon. The Bratton Carillon has been used to summoned generations of Reinhardt students to classes. The cheerful echo of the bells will be heard as you line up with your friends and classmates for this unforgettable moment. The ringing of the bells parallels Reinhardt University’s bell ringing ceremony that Reinhardt seniors participate on their last day of classes.